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Important updates from University Health Services 3-18-20

In order to best protect our patients and staff in this time of COVID, the following changes have been implemented:

  • No walk ins – care is still available by appointment only. In an effort to limit viral exposures for everyone, we are limiting face to face visits as much as possible.
  • Please call 513-556-2564 for Varsity Village and 513-584-4457 for Holmes Clinic. You will receive a call from a nurse or provider, who may be able to address your concerns over the phone. Appointments will be made at the discretion of our providers only.
  • Mental health and psychiatry appointments will also be converted to telephone visits whenever possible. You will receive a call from your provider to arrange this. We will not be able to accept referrals for new patients or ADHD evaluations at this time.
  • The UHS pharmacy remains open for operation during our normal hours.
Please check this website frequently for updates in this fluid and challenging situation. And remember to DO THE FIVE!

 Do The Five

 Help Stop Coronavirus

1. HANDS  Wash them often
2. ELBOW  Cough into it
3. FACE  Don't touch it
4. FEET  Stay more than 6ft apart
5. FEEL  Sick? Stay home

Check our UHS COVID-19 pages for the most up to date information.

January 27
Campus Update on Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

The situation with the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan City in China has continued to evolve. National and global public health officials are closely following this developing situation.

At present there are no known cases in the campus community. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with our local Cincinnati and Hamilton County Health Departments. We will update the community on any new developments.

All members of our campus communities are reminded to take precautions to prevent spread of infectious disease. These precautions will help reduce your risk of many respiratory infections including influenza, which is widespread in Hamilton County and on campus right now.

Please visit this link to the Ohio Department of Health for the latest information:
ODH - Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Students should call University Health Services for medical care, 513-556-2564. Faculty and staff should call Employee Health at Holmes Hospital, 513-584-4457, as well as their personal healthcare provider. Be sure to call before seeking care.

Key points from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • There is an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
  • Person-to-person spread is occurring. Other parts of China have also reported cases.
  • Older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.
  • The situation is evolving. This notice will be updated as more information becomes available.
  • There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
  • Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear how easily the virus spreads between people.
  • Preliminary information suggests that older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease from this virus.
  • Travelers to Wuhan should avoid contact with sick people, animals (alive or dead) and animal markets.
  • Travelers from Wuhan to the United States, and other countries, may be asked questions about their health and travel history upon arrival.

The situation with regard to 2019-nCoV is still unclear. While severe illness, including illness resulting in deaths, has been reported in China, other patients have had milder illness and been discharged.

Keep informed on the CDC website.

Kim L. Miller MD, Executive Director UHS

January 27, 2020

CDC Update: Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use or Vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Food and Drug Administration, state health departments, and public health and clinical partners to investigate the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping.

CDC released media advisory.

What You Need to Know

  • As of October 1st, there are 1,080 confirmed or probable cases of lung injury reported from 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • As of October 1st, 18 deaths have been confirmed in 15 states.
  • All reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
  • The latest national findings suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak. Most of the people in this outbreak reported using THC-containing products, or both THC-containing products and nicotine-containing products.

What’s New on the Lung Injury Response Website This Week

  • Updated case counts, death counts, a map of states reporting cases, and a graph of case counts
  • Updated Specimen Submission Guidance for Pathologic Evaluation
  • Poster for use in healthcare settings
  • New Q&A and resources on marijuana
  • Resources for Youth

The most up-to-date, publicly available information can be found at the CDC website.

Download a summary of key items regarding the lung injuries here.

View ACHA recommended resources on e-cigarettes and vaping here.

If you have questions, you can contact CDC-INFO at 800-232-4636, or visit the CDC Contact us web page.

Think vaping is safe?

Think again - the New York Times is reporting a mysterious vaping-associated lung illness that has sickened almost two hundred people and caused one death.

UHS Health Alert: Measles

Measles Update From January 1 to June 6, 2019, 1022 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

The majority of these cases are in individuals who were not vaccinated for measles with the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella shot.)
Individuals born after 1957 should be vaccinated. While some may be protected with only one dose, many people in our community need two doses.

The following individuals should have 2 doses of MMR:

  • College students
  • Healthcare workers
  • International travelers

If you are not sure if you were vaccinated, or have questions regarding whether you should receive a booster dose, please contact your primary care physician as soon as possible. Students can always call UHS for care at 513-556-2564.

The only people who should not get this vaccine are individuals who are pregnant or immune-compromised (HIV, cancer, etc.) There is no harm in getting an extra dose of vaccine.

In the event of a case of Measles on campus, students will be required to show either proof of vaccination with 2 doses of MMR or a blood test proving immunity. This may be true for faculty and staff as well. We are watching recommendations closely from the CDC and other public health authorities.

More information about Measles can be found here: (link to Measles resource sheet )
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Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreak in Ohio

September 20, 2018

Please be aware that there is an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in Ohio, with 44 cases in Hamilton County in the past 9 months.

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes severe liver inflammation, resulting in nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue and jaundice. It is spread through food, water, and direct close contact with someone actively infected with the virus.

You can protect yourself by getting vaccinated - see your primary care provider for the two-shot series if you haven't already had it. Students who have the UC Student Health Insurance are covered. Most plans cover preventative vaccines. If you have a different health insurance provider, check with your plan to see if you are covered. Good handwashing and universal contact precautions are always important!

See ODH for more details.

Kim L. Miller, MD
Executive Director, University Health Services
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Health Advisory: Update Concerning Mumps on Campus

May 15, 2018

To All UC Students, Faculty & Staff:

We would like to make sure that the UC community, especially those who have recently joined us for the summer session, are aware that mumps has been detected at UC. Since the first health advisory sent out in April, several additional probable mumps cases have been reported, which suggests that local transmission may have occurred.

If you have not yet done so, please check your immunization status for mumps. Confirm that you received at least two doses of MMR after your first birthday. If you did not, we recommend that you get vaccinated as soon as possible. People born before 1956 are considered naturally immune and do not require vaccination.

While most people have been immunized with two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, nationally thousands of mumps cases occur every year and some vaccinated people still develop mumps, though usually a milder case.

Symptoms of mumps may include fever, headache, fatigue and swollen, tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw and on the cheeks. Symptoms typically appear two to four weeks after exposure. Most people with mumps make a full recovery after a few weeks. Return to school is allowed after five days of isolation.

Mumps is spread like many other viruses — via saliva or mucous from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can transmit the infection by coughing, sneezing, sharing items such as cups or beverages, intimate contact or by touching surfaces with unwashed hands. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent spreading illness.

If you develop a fever and swelling at the cheeks, please contact your physician to make an appointment as soon as possible. Students should call University Health Services at 513-556-2564. Faculty and staff should call UC Employee Health at Holmes, 513-584-4457. When you arrive, please indicate your concern for mumps and ask for a mask.

We will continue to keep the campus updated as new information or new recommendations become available. Thank you for your cooperation.

Kim L. Miller, MD
Executive Director, University Health Services
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Phone: 513-556-6289
Fax: 513-556-1337
University Health Services

West Campus (UC Students)
Lindner Athletic Center, Suite 335
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0010
(513) 556-2564

Medical Campus (UC Employees & Students)
Holmes, Suite 4011
200 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0460
(513) 584-4457

Disease Fact Sheet: Mumps

What is mumps?
Mumps is an acute viral disease characterized by fever, swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands.

Who gets mumps?
Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps. Before the routine vaccination program was introduced in the United States, mumps was a common illness in infants, children, and young adults. Because most people have now been vaccinated, mumps is now a rare disease in the United States. Mumps is more common during winter and spring.

How is mumps spread?
Mumps is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and sends the mumps virus into the air. The virus can land in other people’s noses or throats when they breathe or put their fingers in their mouth or nose after handling an infected surface.

What are the symptoms of mumps?
Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, and swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands located close to the jaw. The salivary gland most often affected is the parotid gland (located just below the front of the ear). Approximately one-third of infected people do not exhibit symptoms.

How soon after infection do symptoms occur?
The incubation period is usually 16 to 18 days, but may range from 12 to 25 days.

What complications have been associated with mumps?
Mumps can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal column), inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, inflammation of the pancreas, and deafness (usually permanent).

When and for how long is a person able to spread mumps?
Mumps is generally transmitted from about 3 days before symptoms appear to about 4 days after, although the virus has been isolated from saliva as early as 7 days before to as late as 11-14 days after onset of symptoms.

Does past infection with mumps make a person immune?
Yes. Immunity acquired after contracting the disease is usually permanent.

Is there a vaccine for mumps?
Yes. Mumps vaccine is given on or after a child's first birthday, and is administered in combination with measles and rubella vaccine. A second booster dose is recommended after four years of age. The MMR (measles mumps rubella) vaccine is highly effective and usually produces lifelong immunity against mumps.

What can be done to prevent the spread of mumps?
The single most effective control measure is maintaining the highest possible level of immunization in the community. Children with mumps should not attend school during their infectious period.

SOURCE: Ohio Department of Health Infectious Disease Control Manual


Do you know that every year there are 8-14 cases of active tuberculosis in Hamilton County? Get the facts and learn what you can do to reduce your risk of this air-borne infection.

See  CDC  (PDF) for important information about Tuberculosis from the CDC. If you have any concerns about your risk for TB or wish to be tested, please call us! Additional testing and information is available from the Hamilton County Health Department TB Control Unit, 513-946-7809 – Hamilton County Public Health website.


What is pertussis?
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a persistent cough illness. Anyone of any age can get pertussis.

What are the symptoms of pertussis?
The first symptoms of pertussis are similar to a cold. After a week or two, the cough worsens and begins to occur in sudden, uncontrollable bursts. Persons with pertussis may seem well between coughing spells. The coughing spells become less frequent over time, but may continue for several weeks or months until the lungs heal.

Vomiting can occur following coughing. Children, in particular, may make high-pitched whooping sounds when gasping for breath after coughing.

Is there a lab test for pertussis?
To test for pertussis, the nasal passage is swabbed. The material on the swab is then examined in the lab for the presence of pertussis bacteria. Only persons with symptoms of pertussis should be tested.

How is pertussis spread?
Pertussis bacteria are spread through droplets produced during coughing or sneezing. These droplets don’t travel very far through the air and usually only infect persons nearby.

When and for how long can a person spread pertussis?
Persons with pertussis can spread it to others in the first 3 weeks of coughing if not treated with antibiotics. After a person with pertussis has taken antibiotics for 5 days, he or she can no longer spread the disease. Although the cough can last longer than 3 weeks, a person is no longer contagious after the third week.

How long should someone with pertussis stay home from child care, school, or work?
Persons with pertussis should stay home from child care, school, work, and other activities until they have finished 5 days of antibiotics, unless they have already been coughing for 3 or more weeks.

How can pertussis be prevented?
The best way to prevent pertussis is to be vaccinated. In addition to routine childhood immunizations, a pertussis vaccine booster shot is now recommended for adolescents and adults. Come to UHS to get this booster shot.

Persons who have completed some or all of the recommended vaccinations for pertussis may still get pertussis disease, but will generally have a milder illness.

More Tips!

  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay at home if you are ill
  • When coughing, cover your mouth with a tissue or cough into your sleeve.

Contact UHS if you develop pertussis-like symptoms or have been exposed to someone with pertussis.

University Health Services, Main Campus Location 513-556-2564

Pertussis Questions and Answers (PDF)

Don’t Let the Flu Get You


Zika Virus

The Florida Department of Health has identified an area with local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission (active Zika virus transmission) in Miami (

This alert applies to women of reproductive age and their partners who live in or traveled to this area after June 15, 2016. This is an ongoing investigation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rapidly learning more about the extent of active Zika virus transmission in Florida. With the recommendations that follow, CDC is applying existing guidance to the occurrence of Zika virus transmission in this area of Florida. As more information becomes available, we will update these recommendations.

The virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, but can also be transmitted by a man to a woman through sexual transmission. The CDC recommends that pregnant women consider postponing travel to Zika-affected areas because of an association between Zika virus infections and certain birth defects.

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Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Virus Fact Sheet (PDF)

If you have any questions regarding Zika, please visit